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University WiFi usage up substantially. Join UMN IT for Sept. 22 WiFi event to celebrate (UPDATED)

September 15, 2015
Students using a laptop outside on the University campus

UPDATE (9/17): The event on Coffman Union Plaza has been postponed. Check back soon for a new date.

The beginning of every school year at the University of Minnesota is busy. But from a WiFi standpoint, it’s never been busier than 2015.

Last Tuesday, the official start of the school year, more than 77,000 unique devices connected to “UofM Secure,” the official wireless network of the University of Minnesota. That’s a more than 15 percent increase over the number of unique devices that logged on to UofM Secure on the first of day classes in 2014. And it’s a 78 percent increase over the number of unique devices only three years ago.

Date

Unique Users

Unique Devices

Unique Sessions

(each time a device logs on/re-authenticates to the U’s WiFi network)

9/4/2012

36,180

43,284

477,970

9/3/2013

44,801

56,857

496,005

9/2/2014

50,081

66,460

898,677

9/8/2015

56,646

77,402

1,009,438

WiFi capability up substantially

Fortunately, thanks to continuing upgrades and enhancements, the University’s wireless network has never been more capable of handling the increased traffic.

“We have one of the most extensive networks in the countryone that we continue to invest in and look for ways to enhance,” said Louis Hammond, UMN Data Network Service Director.

 New WiFi website: wifi.umn.edu

And now, with the introduction of a new WiFi website, UMN IT hopes the network has never been better understood by students, faculty and staff.

The website, wifi.umn.edu, offers WiFi users a host of helpful information, from campus coverage maps and a guide to selecting the right network to simple tips for troubleshooting common connectivity challenges.

 “The more users know about our network and how to best use it, the more control they have over the quality of their WiFi experience, which should be excellent,” Louis said. 

If users do experience trouble, however, Louis encourages them to use the website’s feedback tool which enables users to report problems.

“Students, faculty and staff are the biggest users of the WiFi network, so we really rely on them to tell us about connectivity issues they encounter,” Louis explained. “Taking two minutes to tell us about a problem can help us fine-tune and improve our WiFi service.”

You’re invited to a WiFi event on Thursday at Coffman Union Plaza

UPDATE (9/17): The event on Coffman Union Plaza has been postponed to Tuesday, September 22

All University of Minnesota students, faculty and staff are invited to a WiFi special event on Sept. 22 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Coffman Union Plaza.

The event, designed to celebrate the introduction of wifi.umn.edu and highlight the best practices for accessing the University’s WiFi network, will feature fun games, cookies and the chance to win prizes, including an Apple Watch, a Jawbone Jambox and University of Minnesota bookstore gift certificates.

Visit wifi.umn.edu for more information.